2014

Jag förknippar backhoppning med de fattiga i Rumänien

I mars tidigare i år var jag i Rasnov i Rumänien. Det ligger i Transylvanien, i grannbyn ligger Drakulas slott. Jag var domare i en världscuptävling för damer i backhoppning. Vi domare bodde…

Tvivla, vara kritisk och att hata – grader i helvetet?

Ivar Lo-Johansson tvivlade på idrotten. Professor Bo Carlsson tvivlar på idrottsvetenskapen. Filosofen och professor emeritus Ingvar Johansson tvivlar på Bosse Carlsson. Dramatikern Cristina Gottfridsson hatar att tillståndet var bättre förr med idrotten, förr…

”It’d be stupid not to be on my own side” (beware, there’s a curmudgeon in the ranks)

British sport’s annual celebration of itself has passed, with the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year on 14 December. SPOTY, as it is known, like a tragic adolescent is marked by slightly…

Back to Sochi with Solzhenitsyn

Today, on the 96th birth anniversary of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008), arguably the greatest Russian novelist of the past century, my thoughts go back to the delightfully eclectic closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi…

Death of a sportsman: gladiatorial guilt

The untimely death of cricketer Phillip Hughes has garnered enormous media and public attention – the biggest Australian news story of the week covered extensively in the international media. Even the Google landing…

Om beachkultur och annat

I samband med ett forskningsprojekt fick jag förmånen att åka till Nya Zeeland. Jag har inte tidigare varit i denna del av världen, och jag visste väl inte riktigt vad jag skulle förvänta…

‘Keanusophy’ as (me)method: a conspiracy theory, literally

I’m playing with the thought of composing a philosophical method based on conspiracy thinking of the juvenile variety displayed in the above meme (that has been around since 2011 and goes under the…

Dangerous dreams, illicit images

Although sports-minded movie buffs might cast their votes for The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty (1972) and self-respecting film critics would definitely prefer Wings of Desire (1987), my personal favorite in Wim Wenders’…

Scandals are forever for FIFA as World Cup hosting saga drags on

Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the independent Adjudicatory Chamber of football governing body FIFA’s Ethics Committee, announced on Thursday that his committee had exonerated Qatar and Russia over the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and…

Journalistikk og ”journalistikk”

Jeg har tidligere her på bloggen[i] berørt det faktum at sportsjournalister ikke er som andre journalister. Mens rollen ideelt sett handler om å skaffe seg tilgang på kilder med det formål å kritisk…